Reviewing the Appropriateness of Virginia’s Community Colleges Facility Names

The mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS) and their shared dedication to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion demand we examine the names regularly facing our students, faculty, staff, and supporters on their community college journey and determine if those names are consistent with that mission and those values. Demonstrations are inspiring institutions in Virginia and beyond to examine, and in many cases exorcise, symbols of systemic racism that have existed in plain sight for years. The VCCS feels a responsibility to join that broader conversation and focus a high level of scrutiny on the names that adorn our facilities.

The State Board for Community Colleges has authority to determine the names of community colleges and college campuses. The State Board has delegated authority to local college advisory boards to approve the names of on-campus facilities.

The State Board has asked the local advisory boards of each of the 23 Virginia community colleges to review the appropriateness of its college, campus(es), and facilities names and report back on or before the regularly scheduled March 2021 meeting of the State Board with facility name changes it has made and recommendations regarding college and campus names that should be changed by the State Board.

LFCC’s Plan for Addressing the Resolution

Having served students and the community for 50 years, some sense of tradition is to be expected across our college and campuses. At the same time, we share a mission to serve all Virginians and we share the values of diversity, inclusion and equity. The purpose of this process is to determine whether the name adorning the college (Lord Fairfax), the names of campuses (Fauquier and Middletown), and all other named facilities support, or conflict with, those shared values.

  • President works with College Board chair and vice chair to identify steps in the overall review process; College Board members will review the process and will review and approve the final report to be sent to the State Board.
  • President, working with the College Board chair and vice chair, will create three working groups to review the following areas:
    1. College and campus names;
    2. Facility (building or space) names, including the local facility naming policy;
    3. Financial impact of potential college, campus or facility name changes
  • President will provide each working group a charge and timeline; working groups will meet via Zoom or other technology.
  • An interim status report from each working group will be presented to the College Board at their September 3 meeting. Interim Status Report
  • A final report of analysis from each workgroup will be provided to the College Board at their November 12 meeting.
  • College Board will take action on any recommended college or campus name changes no later than the February 2021 board meeting.
  • Should name changes be recommended for any building or rooms for which the College Board has delegated authority, the local board will take action on those no later than the February 2021 board meeting, and will include those changes in the final report to the State Board for Community Colleges by March 2021.
  • Should the College Board recommend a college or campus name change, the President will work with the College Board to establish a process to undertake the recommendation of a new name.
Timeline
  • July 31: Establish membership on three working groups and set first meeting dates
  • August 1 – October 15: Workgroups meet as needed to complete analysis
  • August 21: Interim status report due from each workgroup to be included in College Board meeting on September 3
  • October 23: Final report of analysis from each workgroup is due to College Board
  • January 2021: College Board completes draft of the Reviewing the Appropriateness of Community College Facility Names Report for LFCC to be included for action at the February 4, 2021 College Board meeting
  • March 2021: College Board will take action on any facility (building or space) names that were recommended for change; College Board will approve a process for recommending a college or campus name change, if needed; final report and all changes or recommended changes will be submitted to the State Board for Community Colleges
College and Campus Names Review Workgroup

Charge

  • Examine the college and campus names, which regularly face our students, faculty, staff, and supporters;
  • Conduct a fact-finding phase to look at the history of the names both in the context of an individual and the relationship to our service region;
  • Review an assessment of the names in terms of the college’s overall brand;
  • Determine if those names are consistent with our mission and values;
  • Provide analysis to the College Board and recommendation if additional information should be gathered from outside of the workgroup.

Membership

  • Kim Blosser, LFCC president; workgroup chair
  • Renard Carlos, College Board member representing Fauquier County; LFCC alum
  • Anne Davis, LFCC vice president of academic and student affairs
  • Jay Gillispie, LFCC dean of humanities, social sciences and student development; professor of history
  • Ashley Hansen, LFCC executive assistant to the president
  • Judy Humbert, local author, historian and social justice advocate
  • Pam McInnis, College Board chair representing Warren County
  • Curtis Morgan, LFCC professor of history
  • Jonathan Noyalas, Shenandoah University professor of history and director of the McCormick Civil War Institute
  • John Owens, LFCC librarian
  • Mike Wenger, College Board vice chair representing Rappahannock County

Meeting Notes and Reference Materials

College + Campus Name Review Workgroup – August 7, 2020 meeting materials

College + Campus Name Review Workgroup – August 20, 2020 meeting materials

Facility Names Review Workgroup

Charge

  • Examine the college facility (building and space) names, which regularly face our students, faculty, staff and supporters;
  • Conduct a fact-finding phase to look at the history of the names both in the context of an individual or organization and their relationship to our service region;
  • Determine if those names are consistent with our mission and values;
  • Review the college’s current naming policy;
  • Provide analysis to the College Board and recommendation if additional information should be gathered from outside the workgroup.

Membership

  • Mary Barton, College Board member representing Fauquier County
  • Chris Coutts, LFCC vice president of communications and planning; LFCC Provost Fauquier campus
  • Jennifer Gentry, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education executive director
  • David Gray, LFCC director of library services
  • Liv Heggoy, LFCC associate vice president of development; LFCC Educational Foundation executive director; workgroup chair
  • John Hill, City of Winchester vice mayor
  • Brad Hodgson, College Board member representing City of Winchester
  • Sherry Johnson, LFCC information technology specialist
  • Kim Lewis, LFCC professor of English
  • Charlie Spiro, LFCC professor emeritus
  • Beverly Steele, LFCC development coordinator

Meeting Notes and Reference Materials

Facility Names Review Workgroup – August 6, 2020 meeting materials

Facility Names Review Workgroup – August 24, 2020 meeting materials

Financial Impact Workgroup

Charge

  • As the other two workgroups are examining the college and campus names, and college facility names, assess the potential organizational and financial impacts to changes that could be recommended;
  • Review college and VCCS policies that will be impacted by any recommended changes;
  • Develop scenarios with cost implications for various potential recommendations, including a timeline for how to phase in the changes and associated costs;
  • Provide recommendations related to cost-savings measures that should be considered in each scenario;
  • Provide analysis to the College Board and recommendation if additional information should be gathered from outside of the workgroup.

Membership

  • Jeanian Clark, LFCC vice president of Workforce Solutions and Continuing Education
  • Ed Daley, College Board member representing Warren County
  • Rachel Dodson, LFCC assistant professor of business management and administration
  • Ben Freakley, College Board member representing Shenandoah County
  • Mike Lake, College Board member representing Frederick County
  • Whitney Miller, LFCC director of facility planning and auxiliary services
  • Christine Myrtle, LFCC assistant to vice president academic and student services
  • Barry Orndorff, LFCC director of financial services
  • Aaron Riddle, LFCC print and web manager
  • Craig Short, LFCC vice president of financial and administrative services; workgroup chair

Meeting Notes and Reference Materials

Financial Impact Workgroup – August 24, 2020 meeting materials

Financial Impact Workgroup – September 1, 2020 meeting materials

Financial Impact Workgroup – September 8, 2020 meeting materials

 

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